Archive for April, 2011

AT&T And One Economy Team Up At Broadband Properties Summit

Broadband's Impact, Education, Minority April 28th, 2011

DALLAS, April 28, 2011 – One Economy CEO, Kelley Dunne, and representatives from AT&T delivered a joint keynote address at the Broadband Properties Summit on Tuesday, touting the power of broadband to facilitate the innovation economy and empower minority populations.

“I believe [broadband] is changing the way we live, work, and play,” said Bob Bickerstaff, vice president of consumer data products at AT&T.

FCC Probes Industry on USF Modernization

FCC, Mobile Broadband, Universal Service, Wireless April 28th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 28, 2011 – The Federal Communications Commission gathered key industry experts on Wednesday to explore the different ways that the Universal Service Fund can be modernized to effectively deploy high speed broadband to rural America.

Pooley Links Global Innovation to Patents

Asia, Intellectual Property, International, Patents, The Innovation Economy April 26th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 27, 2011 – James Pooley, Deputy Director General for Innovation and Technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), delivered the keynote address Tuesday at the sixth annual world intellectual property day forum, calling patents a “key driver for innovation”.

EU to Investigate Network Neutrality Violations

Europe, FCC, International, Net Neutrality April 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 25, 2011 – European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda, Nellie Kroes, announced last week that her office, in conjunction with European Union member states, will investigate claims of throttling and service degradation by internet service providers.

Sprint Joins Rural Cellular Association

Media ownership, Spectrum, Wireless April 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2011 – At the group’s annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Rural Cellular Association CEO, Steven Berry, announced the addition of wireless carrier, Sprint to the RCA.

“This is a very timely addition to RCA’s membership, and a stronger membership will certainly help ensure that our voices are heard at the Federal Communications Commission, on Capitol Hill, and at the White House and other parts of the Executive Branch,” said Berry through a joint statement released this week.

Genachowski Addresses Economic Club of Washington

FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless April 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON April 21, 2011- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski visited the Economic Club of Washington Wednesday to answer questions that covered spectrum auctions and the impending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

“To continue our growth in mobile broadband we need to free up more spectrum,” Genachowski said. “Spectrum is the oxygen of the mobile world and without more it will be stifled.”

Broadband Breakfast Panel Zooms In On Broadband Adoption

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping, Broadband TV, Broadband's Impact, Education, FCC, NTIA April 20th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 20, 2011- National Telecommunications and Information Administration Deputy Administrator, Anna Gomez offered the keynote address Tuesday at this month’s Broadband Breakfast panel, opening an event where panelists explored how to best to expand broadband adoption and maximize access.

5 Questions With: Gerard Pannekoek On Trading Patents

5 Questions With:, Intellectual Property, Patents April 20th, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 — Gerard Pannekoek is President and CEO of the Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), a company set to launch the first financial exchange focused on intellectual property rights. The Chicago-based company was created in 2008 and is currently looking to launch its initial public offering (IPO) between the summer and early 2011. In late 2010, IPXI recruited Pannekoek, who was then retired, based on his prior experience as president and chief operating officer of another start-up, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) which traded emission credits.

Rural Provider Groups Suggest Solutions on Universal Service Reform

Broadband's Impact, FCC, FCC Comments, States, Universal Service April 19th, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 – The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO), in conjunction with 30 state and regional associations released to the FCC their recommendations to fix the Universal Service Fund on Monday.

New America Foundation and Consumers Union Discuss Wireless Interoperability

FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless April 18th, 2011

WASHINGTON April 18, 2011 – The New America Foundation, in cooperation with the Consumers Union, gathered representatives from the leading wireless services providers and consumers groups on Wednesday to discuss how requiring mobile broadband service providers to interoperate would affect consumer choice and pricing.

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